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Carolina Santos Read was born in London and raised in Madrid and Connecticut where she studied at the Casa de Cultura and Eastern CT Ballet. She was in numerous productions including "The Nutcracker," "The Sleeping Beauty" (Young Aurora), "Hoedown" (Cowgirl), and a soloist in Balanchine's "Concerto Barroco." Carolina has attended many summer dance intensives including the Kirov Academy of Ballet, the Juilliard School, Ballet Hispanico, the Carmen Roche ballet school and the Amor de Dios flamenco school in Spain. Carolina was awarded two gold medals with distinction at American Academy of Ballet's Performance Awards, and was recipient of the Shoreline Arts Alliance dance scholarship in 2004.<br /><br />

She graduated from Fordham University with a BFA in dance in conjunction with the Alvin Ailey School and a BA in Political Science. She has worked with choreographers Maximo Luna, Christopher Huggins, Troy Powell, Sylvia Waters, Pascal Rioult, Nathan Trice, Ronald K. Brown, Pedro Ruiz, Robert Battle, Kazuko Hirabayashi, Jacqui Buglisi, and performed Ramon Oller's "Besame" solo set by Irene Hogarth of Ballet Hispanico. In the spring of 2008 she performed as a guest artist with Annabella Gonzalez Dance Theater. In August 2008 she performed as tango dancer and dance captain in an Actors Equity (AEA) production of "Evita" at the Ivoryton Playhouse in CT. She then performed with Ballet Hispanico's Senior Ensemble in Manhattan.<br /><br />

Carolina has acted in commercials, film and television including "Beautiful Girls," "The Reflection," and "Friends With Kids" (Chicago dancer) as well as Princess Sophie's Secretary on Season 4 of Gossip Girl, a stewardess in ABC's "Pan Am" pilot, and Johnny's girlfriend on "Tattoo Nightmares." She models for commercial print work and has danced in music videos. In March 2010 Carolina performed in "Canto," an all-women flamenco piece choreographed by Melinda Marquez. April-September 2010 she toured the UK with England's Giffords Circus as dancer and assistant choreographer. She performed in plays "La Revolucion" and "Moctezuma" at NYC's Mint Theater, as well as "The Producers" and "Home for the Holidays" in CT.  She most recently performed a flamenco solo in the 2012 Provincetown Dance Festival and was seen Off-Broadway in 50 Shades! The Musical at the Gramercy Theater. She is currently working in the ghost opera "Circle of Haunts" in NYC, and in March she will once again guest artist with Annabella Gonzalez Dance Theater

Fashion

Filtering by Tag: off the shoulder top

Memorial Day High-Waisted Shorts

Carolina Santos Read

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Hi there!

The nice weather has finally come to the East Coast! I might have taken these photos in Miami recently, but I will surely be wearing this look on MDW.  

These cute little high-waisted cherry shorts by Aqua (purchased at Bloomingdales) are so much fun with my oldie but goodie Free People off the shoulder eyelet top, and Chanel red patent leather flats as well as my favorite straw bag with Pom Pom I got from the Moroccan imports store in Chelsea Market in NYC.  I finished out the look with my brand new Gucci shades!

I always like to wear looks that have a hint of Americana (be on the lookout for next week’s blue and white striped dress that is also perfect for Summertime, is right on trend, and also has the Americana vibe) for this festive weekend. This cherry look is white and red and I didn’t wear blue but you can always go full Americana and preppy for this holidays weekend! 

Xo, 

Carolina  

Embroidery & Off the Shoulder

Carolina Santos Read

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In my Zara top and jeans, Nine West sandals and Celine bag at the Petit Palais in Paris. Photography by  Francisco Graciano .  

In my Zara top and jeans, Nine West sandals and Celine bag at the Petit Palais in Paris. Photography by Francisco Graciano.  

Hi there! 

Here I am in Paris recently visiting the artwork at the Petit Palais, and we chose to take pictures in the gorgeous courtyard because the light was delicious! 

This look embodies a few of the trends I'm most excited about currently: embroidered Denim and an off the shoulder top. Both my jeans and top are from Zara (currently) and my fuscia suede lace-up sandals are Nine West outlet (they are called Ruby 4 You). I finished the look with my favorite Ray Ban sunnies and my Celine Luggage Tote crossbody bag. 

This is an effortless chic summer look that can be worn day into night and was casual and stylish as well as comfortable to travel around Paris on a beautiful day last month! I would also style the top with a skirt and the embroidered Denim looks great with a more fitted top and jacket for a more polished look as well. If you wear a billowy top I recommend a tighter jean so you're not swallowed up by the clothes. It creates a sleeker line.  

Hope you're enjoying your summer so far! More travel posts coming in the next few weeks with fun summer outfit inspiration that can also transition into fall! 

Xo, 

Carolina

Effortless Summer Chic

Carolina Santos Read

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In my  Free People  eyelet off the shoulder peasant top and  Topshop  palazzo pants, fringe sandals and handmade brown wicker weaved clutch from Brazil. Photography by  Francisco Graciano .  

In my Free People eyelet off the shoulder peasant top and Topshop palazzo pants, fringe sandals and handmade brown wicker weaved clutch from Brazil. Photography by Francisco Graciano.  

Hi there! 

I am back in New York after a few exciting trips to Brazil to see family as well as Mexico City to perform with a dance company.

In this post I am featuring effortless summer style because it is quickly becoming summertime and for me that means being able to wear the most fun outfits sans stress of coats or scarves.  

This look above features a red billowy eyelet print off the shoulder peasant top from Free People with Topshop printed palazzo pants, my fringe sandals from a boutique in Madrid and a handmade brown wicker clutch from Brazil.  

I love how flowy and baggy the pants are which allows for a breezy summer night but is cool enough for daytime. The top has the exotic elegance of an off the shoulder look with the versatility of a regular length or midi length top thanks to its elastic bottom. I allowed for my tummy to show to offset the baggy pants and top and create a waistline.

This look is also dressy or casual!

xo, 

Carolina  

Resort Wear & Spring Trends

Carolina Santos Read

Wearing a new Zara off the shoulder top with new Aldo lace up flats, H&M ripped black jeans, and a Rebecca Minkoff fringe cross body bag. Photographed in Mexico by Francisco Graciano.

Hi there!

I was recently in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for a resort vacation and Francisco and I took some resort wear shots, the first of which I'm featuring here and will continue to feature in the next couple posts! These spring looks transition easily into summer as well, but when I think resort florals and a beachy feel (sometimes preppy) certainly comes to mind.

In the photos above I'm wearing a new Zara floral off the shoulder crop top (link includes the exact link to the top) that I paired with my new Aldo green lace-up "Harmony" flats, my also new H&M skinny high-waisted ripped black jeans, and an "oldie-but-goodie" black leather fringe cross body bag I scored at a Rebecca Minkoff sample sale.  

I'm not always one to follow every new trend, but this spring's off the shoulder trend as well as lace up flats I'm really loving.  The top and shoes are recent purchases that won't break the bank, and neither will the H&M ripped jeans.  The top and pants are both under $40 and the shoes are only $60! As always, click on my direct links to buy.  As a rule when I'm trying out new trends I stick to a more affordable store so if I don't wear it another season I'm not worried about the price I paid (a one season investment is ok if you didn't spend too much in my eyes).  However, I can see myself wearing these two trends for many seasons! 

Here is a closer look at the accessories linked above.  I love how the shoes tie around the ankle!

My Rebecca Minkoff bag is a high quality purse (I always like to buy bags of good quality since I wear them often and even trend purses should last multiple seasons), and her price point is always reasonable for being a high end designer. Plus she's from New York! Fun fact I shot a commercial that her husband directed! They are SUCH a cool and awesome couple and family.

Tag me in your resort looks on Instagram and I'll repost! My fashion blog (new) IG is @carolinasantosread and my personal performer one is @L1naBaller1na.

Xo,

Carolina

A different take on the same look.  I call this "resort hipster." Thanks for your eye, Francisco

Off the Shoulder Trending for Spring

Carolina Santos Read

Strolling the High Line in the Meat Packing district in my  Zara  off the shoulder blue top and pink moto jacket,  Ralph Lauren Denim &amp; Supply  ripped boyfriend jeans,  Valentino  rock stud flats, and  Balenciaga  Mini City bag. Photography by  Francisco Graciano .

Strolling the High Line in the Meat Packing district in my Zara off the shoulder blue top and pink moto jacket, Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply ripped boyfriend jeans, Valentino rock stud flats, and Balenciaga Mini City bag. Photography by Francisco Graciano.

Hi there!

One of my favorite trends this Spring is the off the shoulder trend. It looks effortless, bohemian, and sexy without trying too hard.  Exposing the shoulder is a subtle and elegant way of showing a little skin and feeling feminine in your clothes.

In the outfit pictured above I paired a baby blue off the shoulder top I recently bought at Zara with my older Zara pink moto jacket, Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply ripped boyfriend jeans, Valentino rock stud baby pink flats, and my new Balenciaga Mini City purse.  The long necklace is also an older piece from Free People that I just love.  

Once again I decided to play with feminine touches mixed with a little edginess in the studs on the shoes and on my bag, the motorcycle jacket, and a ripped baggy boyfriend jean to offset the girly pastel colors and flowy off the shoulder top.

Francisco and I went to dinner at Sugar Factory in the Meat Packing district after our High Line stroll, and it was delicious.  I have a sweet tooth and that restaurant has the best drinks and dessert options.  We opted for the peanut butter and chocolate fondue! Later in the weekend I ventured to dinner and drinks with friends at Cata in the Lower East Side for my birthday as well as dinner at Spice Market on a separate night with my girlfriends I've known since I was in middle school who came into the city to visit.  Last weekend was the perfect birthday weekend and I really couldn't have asked for more!

Xo,

Carolina

In my Zara top enjoying my watermelon martini garnished with a watermelon sugar gummie.  I was literally a kid in a candy shop at Sugar Factory!